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NY delegation on Trump’s acquittal • College kids beat the pandemic blues • Kosher chef soars in UAE

Israeli police officers inspect a mall in the city of Bat Yam that opened in violation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Feb. 11, 2021. Israel’s aggressive vaccination drive has become a national source of pride, but it has not yet heralded the return to pre-pandemic times that many had expected. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Israeli police officers inspect a mall in the city of Bat Yam that opened in violation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Feb. 11, 2021. Israel’s aggressive vaccination drive has become a national source of pride, but it has not yet heralded the return to pre-pandemic times that many had expected. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer invoked a foiled Nazi landing on a Long Island beach in denouncing the 43 Republicans who voted to acquit Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. 

In 1942, a group of German Nazi infiltrators were nabbed near Amagansett.

“We heard the preposterous claim that the former president’s incitement to violence was protected by the First Amendment,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “The First Amendment right to free speech protects Americans from jail, not presidents from impeachment. If a president had said, during World War II, that ‘Germany should attack the United States on Long Island, we’ve left it undefended,’ I suspect Congress would have considered that an impeachable offense.”

Other reactions: Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Upper West Side Democrat, said in a statement: ““Even Majority Leader McConnell conceded that the House Managers proved the case beyond a doubt. It is readily apparent that for the Senators who voted to acquit, no evidence whatsoever would have been enough to convict. The facts are clear and the truth is stark—forty-three Senate Republicans today chose self-interest over our democracy. History will not soon forget their cowardice.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Long Island Republican and a Trump ally, said “the push to have the Senate convict a former President was not appropriate and was never going to be successful or achieve unity.”

Related: A member of the Republican National Committee from Virginia has deleted a Facebook comment apparently suggesting that Nazi show trials were fairer than the impeachment.

Jewish college students on social media have formed online communities to beat the pandemic blues.

Zoom University Hillel and Yoga Otzma “have allowed me to practice self-care and healthy mental habits, two things essential to a positive life in isolation,” writes Monica Sager, a senior at Clark University and a correspondent for the Jewish Week’s “The View From Campus” feature.

In Other News

Read about the South African Jewish expat who has become the go-to kosher chef in the United Arab Emirates.

Even as more than 40% of Israelis have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, far outpacing the rest of the world, COVID rates remain stubbornly high, and the vaccination campaign has slowed.

On the third anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents of the shooting’s Jewish victims shared their memories and hopes for the future.

The New York Post says the Jewish vote is “up for grabs” in the NYC mayoral race, in an article in which only Orthodox Jews are interviewed.

An essay in the New York Times describes The Image of Abraham, a program that brings together Jewish Israeli and Palestinian 10-year-olds for four weekly visits to the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.

A “Star Trek” fan says she couldn’t enlist for intergalactic travel, so she converted to Judaism instead.

Around the Agencies

Beginning today, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America brings together leaders of different faiths for a week of seminars exploring questions of truth, allyship and how interfaith encounters can engage not only aligned groups, but also reach across deep divides. The four-day symposium, open to people of all faiths, includes daily 90-minute beit midrash-style sessions, seminars, and evening panel conversations featuring Hartman scholars, faculty and guest experts. Get full schedule and register here.

Repair the World and The Jewish Theological Seminary announced a strategic partnership to support alumni of the Repair the World Fellowship, which places volunteers with social justice agencies. Alumni of the program can now study with JTS faculty in courses on human rights, ethics and modern Jewish History, with steeply reduced tuition for a Midcareer Fellowship certificate program.

Streaming Today

For Black History Month, the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center presents Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll, senior Jewish educator in the chaplain’s office at Yale University, in conversation with Shekhiynah Larks, writer, singer, artist and current program coordinator and diversity trainer at Be’chol Lashon. Rabbi Goldstein-Stoll is active in Be’chol Lashon, an organization dedicated to serving Jews of Color, and is an advocate around issues of Jewish diversity. Register here. 6:00 pm.

J.A.D.E. — the Jewish Alliance for Dialogue and Engagement — presents a panel discussing recent divisions among Orthodox Jews and how to return to civility, respectful discourse and engagement. Moderated by Ari L. Goldman, professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and featuring Rabbi Kenneth Hain, Congregation Beth Sholom, Lawrence, NY; Jacob Kornbluh, Senior Political Reporter, The Forward; Mark Trencher, Founder, Nishma Research; Prof. Ester R. Fuchs, Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; Rabbi Barry Kornblau, Rabbi, Young Israel of Hollis Hills-Windsor Park, Queens, and Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Director of Faculty and Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, North America. Register here. 8:00 pm.

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